Virat Kohli’s chasing masterclass blows West Indies away

Brief scores: West Indies 207/5 (Shimron Hetmyer 56, Evin Lewis 40, Kieron Pollard 37; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/36) lost to India 209/4 (Virat Kohli 94*, KL Rahul 62; Khary Pierre 2/44) by 6 wickets

India vs West Indies 1st T20 2019, key stats

  • Captain Virat Kohli dished out another of his masterclass in a run-chase to take India to their highest successful run-chase in T20 International cricket, helping chase down 208 with eight balls to spare as he finished unbeaten on 94 off 50 balls (6×4, 6×6). It was India’s eighth T20I win overall against the West Indies.
  • It was Kohli’s 23rd fifty-plus score in T20I cricket, while it (94 not out) was also his highest T20I score, bettering his unbeaten 90 against Australia at Adelaide Oval in 2016.
  • The foundation for India’s eventually successful run-chase was laid by KL Rahul, who, having been promoted to open the batting in the absence of regular opener Shikhar Dhawan, made a stroke-filled 40-ball 62, his seventh T20I half-century (studded with five fours and four sixes). In the process, Rahul also brought up 1000 T20 International runs, becoming the third-fastest to get to the landmark
  • Earlier, put in to bat by the Indian captain, West Indies accrued 207 for five, thanks largely to Shimron Hetmyer’s maiden T20I half-century (a 41-ball 56, 2×4, 4×6)
  • Captaining India for the 29th time in T20I cricket, Kohli registered his 17th win.